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Writing Magazine

February 2021

The saying goes that “everyone has a story in them” and it’s the mission of Writing Magazine to help you get yours out. Brought to you by real experts who know what it takes to improve your writing or get published, this monthly magazine is a must-have for all writers. Whether you write fiction, poetry, drama, children’s books, non-fiction or anything else, each issue features tips, practical exercises and real-life advice, that will not only help you get all that creativity onto the paper but also, get your name and profile out into the industry. With writing masterclasses from professionals, industry news, events listings, competitions where you can submit your work for fantastic prizes and real paid writing opportunities, Writing Magazine has everything you need to hone and improve your talents.

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Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Warners Group Publications Plc
Frequency:
Monthly
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12 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
welcome

In all my years writing these letters as my Last Job for the month, I don’t think I’ve ever felt quite as relieved as I am this month to be able to say Happy New Year. As usual for this first issue of the year, we’ve canvassed some of our industry insiders to offer lessons learned and tips and trends for 2021 (p6). We’ve all overcome some difficult challenges over the last twelve months but the book trade in general has weathered surprisingly well, with the promise of brighter times ahead, crammed with all the top releases that were postponed last year, and readers eager to restock their to-be-read piles. Plenty of opportunity for the canny writer who made the most of lockdown, whether that meant ploughing through a work-in-progress…

6 min.
the world of writing

AN INVISIBLE GIANT Gertrude Trevelyan is not exactly a household name these days but she was a literary sensation after the publication of her debut, Appius and Virginia, in 1932. The story of a forty-year-old single woman who vows to bring up a baby orangutan Appius as a human, and increasingly depends on him to overcome her loneliness, ‘the novel was heralded by the Spectator as “exciting both in promise and achievement”, while the eminent critic Gerald Gould wrote: “So original is it that I have scruples about writing the word ‘novel’ at all.”,’ reports Alison Flood for The Guardian. By 1940, Trevelyan had written seven more novels, until a bomb hit her Notting Hill home during the Blitz. She died of her injuries in February 1941, aged 37. Her death certificate apparently…

18 min.
lucky 21

COMMERICAL FICTION PHOEBE MORGAN An editorial director at HarperCollins, and author of four novels, with The Wild Girls due out in April @Phoebe_A_Morgan “Lockdown or no, books matter.” I think it’s safe to say 2020 has been a curveball for us all. Thankfully, the publishing industry has got through it, and the top-line is that books are still selling. The support for independent bookshops in recent months (including the wonderful #SignForOurBookshops initiative from Holly Bourne) has been phenomenal and heart-warming to see, and we are all hoping for a strong 2021. Many are wondering if there will be a boom in cosy crime following the huge success of Richard Osman’s The Thursday Murder Club, and we’re also seeing renewed interest in speculative fiction – perhaps born from a desire to escape the current reality. Two…

4 min.
star letter

Making the most of markets I just wanted to say a massive, massive thank you. I’ve been cluelessly stumbling about for a long time trying to find somewhere to place my short stories – and then I discovered Writing Magazine’s invaluable Writers’ News section. I saw a call for short stories for an established anthology series, gave it my best shot – and they accepted my submission. You have no idea how much this means to me and what a wonderful door this has opened for me. Further to this, the editor has offered me a book featuring my own collection of short stories – all I have to do is deliver. You’ve no idea how much your magazine has inspired me. If I manage to pull this off, I’ll send…

4 min.
explaining terms

Find out what the SoA could do for you at www.societyofauthors.org and get 15 months for the price of 12 with the code WRITINGMAG The SoA advisory team reviews thousands of contracts sent in by members each year for confidential, clause-byclause contract vetting. But what does this mean in practice? And how can you get the maximum benefit? We look at what’s in it… The contracts we see are for anything from book and TV deals to festival appearances and competition terms. Our priority is to explain the terms they include and their practical implications for you and your work as clearly as possible. As we read through the contract, we consider the range of rights you are granting and the income you can expect to receive in return. We go through clause-by-clause, assessing…

3 min.
battle of the behemoths

Well over ten years ago when I was doing a series of anonymous blogs for The Bookseller (as Agent Orange: a name which seemed funny at the time, but which now makes me wince a little), I wrote a piece – one of many about the challenges to the industry posed by Amazon – entitled, in homage to the song by The Automatic, What’s That Coming Over the Hill? The monster has emphatically come over the hill by now. Amazon have long since eaten publishing’s lunch and they are now eyeing up, unthinkable a few years ago, British retail behemoths like Tesco and John Lewis. If 2020 was a good year for publishing it was absolutely stellar for Amazon. In fact, given the number of conspiracy theories there are for the origin…